61  Jake Thornton
Jake  Thornton

RS Junior

Toccoa, Ga.

High School:
Stephens County HS

Last College:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 265



Speir Adds Responsibilities to WCU Football Coaching Staff

Catamounts continue spring drills Friday and Saturday


Christon Gill Tabbed Third Team All-America by College Sports Madness

Senior finished with 111 tackles to lead WCU, ranks second in SoCon


15 Catamounts Earn All-Southern Conference Accolades

Three tabbed first team by coaches and media


It's a Work Week, Not an Off Week for the Catamounts

WCU opens Southern Conference play Sept. 27 at Furman


Post-Game Quotes: Western Carolina vs. Catawba

2013 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 11 of the games in which he saw action at offensive center, missing the home overtime win over Elon due to injury ... Battled through both a wrist and knee injuries that limited some playing time ... Credited with one tackle assist at Chattanooga ... Named to the 2013 Fall Academic All-SoCon team ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Was limited during spring drills and did not play in WCU's annual Spring Game.

2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

Prior to Western Carolina: Enrolled at Carson-Newman for the 2011-12 academic year and was a member of the football team but did not see game action; High School: Named first team All-Region in 2010 ... Received the Wendy's Heisman Trophy from Stephens County ... Helped lead SCHS to region championships in 2007 and 2008 ... Also played baseball as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Jake Robert Thornton ... Is the son of Robert and Cathy Thornton ... Has one sister, Mollie ... His grandfather, Billy Shaw, played for the Buffalo Bills from 1960-69 and was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1999.


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